Volume 2, Issue 2
Net Solutions Technology Center, LLC (843) 525 - 6469
You’ve Got …. SPAM!
The average e-mail user gets will be filtered. Unfortunately, don't want an e-mail
about 50 pieces of junk e-mail the blacklist method doesn't message that may have
• Smart Ways to each week. Large Internet even stop spammers, who been mistaken for spam to
Fight Spam Service Providers (ISPs), like typically only send one blast just disappear.
AOL, Earthlink and locally, from each hijacked ISP. Quarantining allows you to
• Spyware: Just Internet Services of the Low view the message online
Click NO! Country, receive up to Fighting back and determine if the
1,000,000,000 a day. All that ISPs, like Internet Services message was quarantined
• Microsoft News spam costs all of us money. of the Low Country (ISLC), by mistake. Administration
Your Internet service can cost have launched an attack is required to review the
• Hints and Tips an extra $3 a month due to the against spammers. Spam messages to determine if
additional bandwidth needed filtering software is available they should be deleted or
just for spam! to try to prevent spam from sent to the user.
hitting the user's mailbox.
What is spam, and how do What isn't spam?
spammers operate? Most of these filters work in Sometimes filters will
a similar manner. The main
Spam is slang for unsolicited capture e-mail that isn't
commercial e-mail. You didn't change you'll see is an spam. The most commonly
additional folder for your
ask for it, and you cannot captured e-mail is from
questionable mail. E-mail
readily unsubscribe from it. It's companies who send out
considered spam by the filter
the junk mail of the Internet, newsletters, subscriptions,
will be routed to that folder
only much more ominous and catalog notices online.
because it can contain viruses, instead of to your inbox. Many mail-order retailers
Individual After two or three weeks, the
scams, and inappropriate like L.L. Bean, J. Crew, and
Highlights: pictures and messages. ISP automatically deletes all Victoria's Secret send e-
the messages in the folder.
Practical ways to mail catalogs, sale notices,
reduce Spam 2 Spammers buy e-mail ISLC is currently using and coupons. These
addresses for about $25 per Postini as an e-mail filtering messages aren't spam
Preventing Spyware million. They earn money service. Depending on the because you asked to
2 based on how many opens configuration settings, receive them when you
and clicks they get from the e- Postini scans for e-mail registered. And if the
New Products from mail. Sending e-mail is so viruses, inappropriate company is scrupulous,
Microsoft 3 cheap that spammers can turn content and junk e-mail. you may unsubscribe
a profit even if only one in Postini also checks the anytime you change your
Hurricane Tips 4 100,000 recipients responds. sending address to verify if it mind. Industry leaders and
Industry sources say a single is a valid e-mail address, Internet retail companies
spammer sends, on average, and checks to see if it has are working together to
nearly 12 billion e-mails a year. been originated from a establish a standard of
Spammers will hijack smaller known spamming site. commercial e-mail behavior
ISPs or web servers to launch Known spamming sites are that ensures you receive
their spam. Some filters will placed on blacklists. only what you want and
blacklist all e-mail senders nothing that you don't.
If a virus is found or the e-
from that ISP, even innocent mail message is determined
ones. All e-mail from anyone For more on spam contact
to be spam, the message is
you know who uses that ISP placed in quarantine. You Net Solutions at (843) 525
Network Notables Page 2 of 4
Smart Ways to Fight Spam
Don’t post your primary e-mail Keep your primary e-mail Ignore spam.
address online; create an address private. Spammers often combine
alternate e-mail address for Option (opt) out of being names randomly with
public interactions. listed in online member popular e-mail services (for
Participating in Internet directories. example, bob@AOL.com) in
newsgroups or chat rooms hopes of finding valid e-mail
Add valid e-mail addresses. By responding to
makes it easy for someone using addresses and
To combat the computer programs to harvest the junk e-mail, even to
subscriptions to your unsubscribe, you may be
onslaught of spam in your e-mail address and sell it to address book .
junk e-mail senders. inadvertently verifying that
your inbox, follow these This tells most filters that the message has reached a
guidelines. To reduce your exposure, set up you want to receive this e- working e-mail address.
a second Yahoo or Hotmail e- mail. Responding to unsolicited e-
mail address to use when mail from unknown senders,
participating in online forums, Review a Web site's even asking to be removed
entering contests, or filling out doing business online. encourage more spam.
forms on the Internet. Ideally, this When you sign up for Web- Unless you are un-
should be a unique address with based services such as subscribing from a
both letters and numbers, to help online banking, shopping, or distribution list that you
avoid mail sent scattershot to newsletters, review the signed up for or you know
names. sites will automatically discard it without
Share your primary e-mail assume the right to share responding.
address only with friends, family your e-mail address. For more ways to fight
and people you know. Responsible sites will offer spam contact Net Solutions
you a way to opt out. at (843) 525 – 6469.
Spyware: Just Click NO!
Does your Internet browser Those who use free file the Internet or launch them
keep bringing up a different sharing software like KaZaa automatically from email.
home page than the one you or Morpheus to download Ensure your operating
set? Your computer may be music, pictures, files etc. are system is fully patched
infested with spyware! most susceptible; but just against any known security
visiting a Web site or vulnerabilities by applying all
Spyware is any software that clicking on a Web ad can critical Microsoft Windows
uses your Internet connection in install a spyware application Updates.
the background without your like Gator or Hotbar.
“…just visiting a Web knowledge or permission. Configure your browser to
site or clicking on a Simply put; programs are Cleanup software is use a medium security
Web ad can install a installed on your computer available to rid your setting or higher.
spyware application” without your knowledge and computer of spyware but
should be used with caution. From that point , avoid
report your web browsing habits
clicking on those tantalizing
to marketing databases. You can often inadvertently
delete files your computer web ads and do not click
This information, among other "OK", "Yes", or "Run This
needs to run properly.
things, targets you for annoying Program" to anything unless
Preventing spyware on your
spam email and popup computer is easier than you fully understand the
advertising. But more insidious , implications of what it is
tying to get rid of it.
spyware that is deeply trying to do.
embedded in your system can First, ensure your system
For more help contact Net
degrade performance and cannot and will not install
Solutions at (843) 525 –
cause system damage. programs automatically over
Page 3 of 4 Network Notables
Microsoft ® Takes Aim at Spam
Microsoft is strongly include new anti-spam designed to help block much of
committed to ending today’s features. the junk e-mail messages that
spam epidemic. In addition you receive. These features
Microsoft Exchange Server
to working with government give you more control over the
and industry leaders to 2003 effectively manages kinds of messages delivered to
email for organizations with a
combat spam, Microsoft’s your Inbox, and from whom you
latest products have server network. The new want to receive messages.
version, out this year,
introduces anti-spam and
technology. Microsoft is working to create
antivirus features in addition new anti-spam technologies
In the 2 half of this year to an array of enhanced
that are even more precise,
Microsoft will release features. easier to use, and adaptable.
Outlook® 2003 and Microsoft
Microsoft Outlook 2003, a Microsoft is committed to
Exchange Server® 2003. integrating anti–spam
Both popular email component of Microsoft
Office® 2003, includes technology into more of their
features and functionality products.
New Versions of Popular Microsoft ® Products
New versions of Microsoft’s margin—typically performing database, and shared Internet
popular server and desktop two to three times faster on into one cost effective platform
office products will be the same hardware. that's easy to deploy .
generally available in the
Exchange Server is used by New Office® 2003 Editions,
fourth quarter of this year. more businesses than any including Word, EXCEL,
Windows ® Server 2003 is other email product. PowerPoint, Outlook, etc., do
the fastest, most reliable, Microsoft® Exchange 2003 is not simply deliver new
most secure Windows the highest-quality release of features—they provides
server operating system Exchange Server ever and greater control over
ever offered by Microsoft. provides significant feature documents.
VeriTest, an independent improvements over Microsoft®
test lab, has found that Exchange 2000. Microsoft Outlook® 2003
Windows Server 2003 provides enhanced usability
outperforms Microsoft® Small Business Server® 2003 features for reading, managing
packages Microsoft’s suite of and organizing e-mail
Windows 2000 Server and
new server products. SBS messages, schedules, tasks,
Microsoft Windows NT®
Server 4.0 by a dramatic 2003 integrates the server notes, contacts, and other
operating system, e-mail, fax, information.
A Word to Microsoft ® Windows 98 Users
Just a reminder to Microsoft products, these may meet minimum requirements for Microsoft is a registered trademark
Windows ® 98 users; not run under Windows 98. Windows 2000 or XP additional of Microsoft Corporation in the
United States and
Microsoft no longer markets For example, beta versions of upgrades may be required. other countries .
Windows 98 and all active Office® 2003 require
In that case, consider replacing
Microsoft support for Windows ® 2000 or Windows ® your Windows 98 workstation
Windows 98 will end XP as the operating system.
with a new Windows XP
January 16, 2004.
To stay current with Microsoft machine.
Existing applications will still products, consider upgrading
For more information on
run under Windows 98. But workstations from Windows 98 Windows compat ibility contact
as new versions are to Windows 2000 or XP . If
Net Solutions at (843) 525 -
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